They want you afraid

They want you afraid. They want you feeling hopeless. They want you to turn to them for help. Who are “they”? Well, who scares you? Government bosses? Drug commercials? Political commercials? Some sales guy who says his product will solve your fear? Could be it’s all of the above. It’s a common tactic, and it’sContinue reading “They want you afraid”

High crimes and misdemeanors

I wrote this a decade ago at the conclusion of a little essay called “We’re all gonna die” (page 31): “Refuse to be afraid. Resist the impulse to yield to the fear and let someone strip your liberty in the name of security and protection. Live like you were dying – because you are dying,Continue reading “High crimes and misdemeanors”

‘an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary’

[I wrote this three years ago but slightly misquoted Mencken; he actually wrote “most of them” not “all of them.” So here’s a slight rewrite, #TBT on Tuesday.] Remember when the government flew off a fiscal cliff and collapsed because Congress didn’t pass an extension of the national debt? Remember when millions of kids starvedContinue reading “‘an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary’”

The fantasy that we are monsters

I’m back on Prince Edward Island in my reading, reliving The Great War with Lucy Maud Montgomery and Rilla of Ingleside, her fifth book featuring Anne Shirley Cuthbert Blythe of Green Gables, published in 1921. Montgomery wrote two more, prequel tales, but years later, so this will conclude her first 7-8 year burst of creativityContinue reading “The fantasy that we are monsters”